Kenley Jansen to Undergo Heart Surgery Nov. 26

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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 22: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks with the media during media availability ahead of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The offseason is a time for rest, recovery and taking advantage of the time off after a long season. For Kenley Jansen, this offseason is a little more important.

The Los Angeles Dodgers closer announced that he will undergo heart surgery on November 26 (via Ken Gurnick).

The surgery was expected and will correct Jansen’s irregular heartbeat. He underwent a similar procedure in 2012.

Obviously a surgery of this nature goes beyond the baseball field. Jansen acknowledged this several times during the season. In terms of baseball though, Jansen is expected to recover in 2-8 weeks depending on the procedure. Either way, the right-hander will be ready for spring training.

Jansen’s heartbeat issues began on an August trip to Colorado. The altitude has given him problems before. His heart was shocked back into rhythm and Jansen was placed on the DL. The 31-year-old was given medication and returned to the mound, and after a few tough outings, Jansen adjusted his medication and was able to get through the rest of the season without any health issues.

Despite the looming surgery, the former All-Star was giving back this week at Dodger Stadium. He and his wife, Gianni, helped deliver 1,200 turkeys on Friday.

Here’s to a successful surgery for Kenley!


Author: Vince Samperio

Vince Samperio is the creator of Chavez Ravine Fiends. He is currently the senior social media manager at Officialize and resides in San Diego. Vince was formerly a social media programmer at Bleacher Report, and the social media manager and associate editor of Dodgers Nation.

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